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Police will go through the investigation together with the prosecutor. Credit: TT/Montage

Police respond to criticism of gang-rape investigation

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Police facing criticism of their investigation into a suspected gang rape in the Stockholm suburb of Fittja have been reported to the Parliamentary Ombudsmen.

"Of course it’s not good that the criticism is this strong. We will need to look into this, and if it is justified we will of course take it on board," said Andreas Franke, who heads the group that has investigated the Fittja case.

Speaking to Swedish Radio on Wednesday morning, Franke said he had not had time yet to go through the entire verdict or to speak to the prosecutor.

The police have faced criticism for the way that the investigation was conducted. For instance, it took ten months before they realised that they had collected forensic evidence at the wrong site and not where the alleged assault took place.

Also, there was insufficient documentation throughout the investigation and the police lineup was not carried out correctly, according to the criticism.

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